Story courtesy Mountain Life Media | Photography: Mirae Campbell
The future doesn’t always screech into town with flaming tire tracks and a fully charged flux capacitor. Sometimes it sneaks in under the cover of darkness and sets up a shitload of snowboards in the basement of a slope side hotel.
Or at least that is what Burton did earlier this week when they slid into Whistler during a perfect snap of cold and clear to demonstrate their new Step On boot and binding system, a 3.5-year project focused on eliminating the time and hassle it takes snowboarders to re-strap in their back leg after every chairlift ride.
“We did some math, just for fun,” said Rob Sprague, Burton’s director of Engineering and Prototyping. “If it takes 30 seconds to strap in before each run, times 15 runs a day, times 20 days a year, times ten years of riding… that’s 300 runs lost.”
Certainly, the numbers would be a bit different with Coast Mountain vertical factored in, but the point is clear–strapping in is a pain in the ass and it wastes time. And Burton is working on a solution. The Step-On system operates with a single attachment point above the heel and a clip on each side of the toes. There is nothing to ice up on the sole of the boot or binding base. The specialised boots utilise a BOA closure system to add that downward pressure feel and everything releases with a single lever below the ankle.
“I am mixing up the kool-aid, so of course I am also drinking it,” Sprague added. “But I think this is the future. A step on that rides like a traditional burton set-up.”
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